Everything is fine now

Erik Cole got a hat trick last night and the Oilers won 5-2 –- contrary to what the scoreboard here on the Nation is telling you this morning. No, you have not stumbled into an alternate universe, this is really what happened.

All the loyal citizens of the Nation can now experience the flip side of constant negativity during a bad season of hockey. What we get to have today is without a doubt one of the most coveted emotions any hardcore hockey fan can have: temporary irrational exuberance.

You find yourself looking at the standings and saying, “Three games over .500? Well that’s not so bad…” and wondering about what it would take to climb into eighth place. (note: Don’t look at our standings though. They accurately reflect the 1987 season through 41 games.) You certainly aren’t anywhere near the positivity we all feel as the Oil spring to life and go 21-0 every March to miss the playoffs by a third of a point, but you can feel the ol’ joy emotion stirring in the lump of coal you call a heart.

If you work in an office you can go post up by the water cooler all morning and talk happy shop with your thirsty coworkers. Did anyone see the game last night? Woooo! That Brule sure is looking good! Wooo! Erik Cole got a hattie? Wooo!

People you wouldn’t ordinarily say three words to become close confidants of all your secret Oilers desires. You seek out “Barry” in “accounting” because you know that he has an Oilers flag on the wall of his office and will probably be good for 15 minutes of “fond remembrances.”

Yep, in the middle of the best JL meeting to date, a pretty good hockey game broke out. Maybe it was the snow. Maybe it was the soldiers in attendance. Maybe it was Cole being awarded a hat trick 15 hours after the game ended. Whatever the case, the Oilers handled a very good Capital team last night with some panache.

As our dear friend Rob pointed out last night, this is a cause for celebration.

#285 rob January 13 2009, 8:23 pm.
So now after this win can there be a positive post on Oilers Nation for once? Or something about hockey instead of the soap opera BS that is thrown on here all the time? How about defenense, the breakout, players with not a lot of experience playing well against huge talent…. Anything but firing the coach and Schremp.
ps. Think we would be in 5th and have 30 more goals if we played in the east. Can we move to the other conference?

It’s a funny thing writing about hockey 24/7, Rob. We didn’t realize how hard it was till we started writing on here. It got even harder when people started reading what we wrote on here too. Our intention is not to be negative on a daily basis. It’s hard to come up with fresh material every day -– particularly when the team is gassing every other game, there’s no real news in sight and yet tens of thousands of Citizens of the OilersNation turn up here every week looking to read something.

Today they could be reading us ripping Rob a new one for talking smack after a win. But we’re so pleasantly content from an actual hard-fought win against a good team we will simply let it be. Instead we made a pretty picture for everyone to enjoy. He’s some kind of awesome that Craig MacTavish.

We love you Erik Cole. Please don’t leave at the end of the year.

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    @ Jason Gregor:

    How dare you judge those of us that hit refresh and post a thousand times a day! Some of us work smart so we don't have to work hard all day, therefore more free time to Rock the nation. Damn you Greggor. Damn you.

    *tear*

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    Jack Bauer wrote:

    @ Jason Gregor:
    Oh god, could you warn me next time I click on a link that the first thing ill see is some bald goof in stupid looking glasses?

    That was mean.

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    Jack Bauer wrote:

    @ Jason Gregor:
    Oh god, could you warn me next time I click on a link that the first thing ill see is some bald goof in stupid looking glasses?

    You'd think you be used to something scaring you after looking in the mirror every morning…I can take my glasses off, unfortunately for you your face will always be there. While you think the glasses are stupid, I'll take all the compliments from the ladies. Thanks for re-affirming why it's good to wear them. Guys won't look at you but ladies will. That's what I like to hear.

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    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Jack Bauer wrote:
    @ Jason Gregor:
    Oh god, could you warn me next time I click on a link that the first thing ill see is some bald goof in stupid looking glasses?
    You’d think you be used to something scaring you after looking in the mirror every morning…I can take my glasses off, unfortunately for you your face will always be there. While you think the glasses are stupid, I’ll take all the compliments from the ladies. Thanks for re-affirming why it’s good to wear them. Guys won’t look at you but ladies will. That’s what I like to hear.

    Deep Oil, is that you??

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    Say what you want about Gregor, but he does OK with the ladies. That I can verify.

    BTW – Tencer was pretty harsh to ON (and Robin?) last night on CHED's post game show. Sounded like the media scrum is another place where there's a division in the room.

    Of course the game commentators there were saying "they're in it" when the Oil were up 2-0. Nice.

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    David S wrote:

    BTW – Tencer was pretty harsh to ON (and Robin?) last night on CHED’s post game show. Sounded like the media scrum is another place where there’s a division in the room.

    …really…what'd he say?

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    A caller was referencing ON in regards to Wanye's "inside info" post.

    Tencer:

    (something to the effect of)"Oilers Nation? That the place with Brownlee? Yeah, suffice it to say I don't go there too much." – in a rather snide tone.

    Tool.

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    @ David S:

    I'm gonna go all "Deep Oil" and say that maybe Wanye's source in the room is none other than Dan Tencer…and he's just throwing people off the trail by pretending to urinate all over this wonderful site, on air. It's a CONSPIRACY! …shhhh…they're listening.

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    David S wrote:

    A caller was referencing ON in regards to Wanye’s “inside info” post.
    Tencer: in a rather snide tone.
    Tool.

    The few times I have taken the effort to listen to his show he always sounds like that. If he doesn't agree with your opinion you are an imbecile. He reminds me of his senior at the radio station with the nice hair…

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    David S wrote:

    A caller was referencing ON in regards to Wanye’s “inside info” post.
    Tencer:
    (something to the effect of)”Oilers Nation? That the place with Brownlee? Yeah, suffice it to say I don’t go there too much.” – in a rather snide tone.
    Tool.

    Pompous, kool-aid dinking jackass about sums him up.

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    David S wrote:

    A caller was referencing ON in regards to Wanye’s “inside info” post.
    Tencer:
    (something to the effect of)”Oilers Nation? That the place with Brownlee? Yeah, suffice it to say I don’t go there too much.” – in a rather snide tone.
    Tool.

    I'd love to be there when Robin confronts him that would be awesome. I never really liked his show, but I lost all respect when he said on air that he could beat Stortini in a straight ahead race on skates. I thought maybe, but then last weekend my son was playing at the Kinsmen arena for minor hockey week. The media was playing against some former pros right before his game so I watched their game. Tencer said on air that he played Bantam AAA, well I don't see how. He was the worst skater on the the media team. No joke. He would have been a bad player on our division 6 team in Men's league. When I saw how bad he was it confirmed what I always thought, he is a wanna be. I could care less if the media ever played the game, but to go on air and say you could outskate and NHL player when you clearly suck is embarrassing. I have zero respect for him now.

    Stauffer, for a big guy was okay, but Gregor was easily the best player on their team. He scored two sweet goals. Gregor I have always wanted to ask you, did you win player of the game in the Oilers rookie v. Bears game in the early 90s? I swear it was a Gregor or something close. I've tried looking it up but couldn't. Just wanted to know. Thanks

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    I heard him say that also, and now reading he can barely skate shows just how arrogant he is. I laugh at his lack of knowledge of hockey, and this just cements that he clearly doesn't know anything. To me Gregor and Stauffer are the two best hockey people in Emdonton, and I think Gregor knows more about all sports.

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    Mike L wrote:

    Stauffer, for a big guy was okay, but Gregor was easily the best player on their team. He scored two sweet goals. Gregor I have always wanted to ask you, did you win player of the game in the Oilers rookie v. Bears game in the early 90s? I swear it was a Gregor or something close. I’ve tried looking it up but couldn’t. Just wanted to know. Thanks

    Mike thanks for the compliment on my goals, although I think the Dman let me around him one time..ha.
    I was far from a guy who would get invited to an NHL camp. But you were correct with the name. My brother Colin was player of the game in 1993 Oiler rookies v. the Bears. He was at Oiler and FLames camp for three years in the mid 90s but never made it. I can say with honesty that Colin did have NHL skating ability. In both camps he was one of the fastest, but that is just one element needed to play at that elite level. I've never come close to his speed so I can say confidently that I wouldn't beat an NHL player in a race. Even the worst skaters in the Show are faster than anyone who didn't play Major Junior.